Solar PV learning in Integrated Assessment Models – Second submission

Solar PV learning in Integrated Assessment Models – Second submission

Finally I can provide some updates on the core research activities that I carried out in the last couple of months. After the seminar that I gave in late November at UC Berkeley, apart from fixing some details about the system integration modeling in WITCH that were raised during the talk, I resumed the work about the exploration of pathways of solar PV learning in Integrated Assessment Models, that I had already described in many previous posts. After the analysis…

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Renewable power generation costs keep on decreasing – IRENA

Renewable power generation costs keep on decreasing – IRENA

New IRENA report finds all renewable technologies to be competitive by 2020. Source: Onshore Wind Power Now as Affordable as Any Other Source, Solar to Halve by 2020 I guess that the title and the caption perfectly summarize the concept! This is surely good news on the way towards the decarbonization of the power sector. The webpage also links to the full report which provides plenty of useful and interesting data.

FEEM internal seminar – II

FEEM internal seminar – II

Yesterday I took part in the first WITCH modeling meeting of my “new life” back to FEEM. As planned in my proposal, I gave a talk describing the activities that I carried out during my year at the University of California, Berkeley. My presentation was complemented by a talk by Simone, one of the two Master guys that I supervised in their dissertation in the past months and that has just started a three-month internship at FEEM. As predictable, my…

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PRIMA

PRIMA

Last week I eventually started working at FEEM: back to the real life, basically 🙂 In addition to the usual everyday work, yesterday I had the chance to attend an event organized here at FEEM dedicated to the presentation of the PRIMA project. PRIMA stands for Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area and is a research initiative, partly founded by the European Commission under the H2020 program, and partly by countries of the Mediterranean area, whose objective,…

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Coal 2017 – IEA

Coal 2017 – IEA

Explore key findings from the IEA’s market report on coal Source: Coal 2017: Key Findings In the past months I had dedicated a post to the energy trends in 2016 as depicted by the International Energy Agency (IEA), which was summarized with the following words: “Coal falls as gas rises”. Few days before Christmas, the IEA released a full and more detailed report dedicated to the status and the prospects of coal. After decades of constant and dramatic growth, coal…

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Goodbye California!

Goodbye California!

So, the time to go back home has arrived… It’s incredible: almost one year has passed since January 14, the day when my American adventure began. It has been a year full of experiences which made me grow a lot. But there will be time for a thorough assessment of this period: such exercises must not be carried out on the spur of the moment. Now I will enjoy some days of holiday with my family. After all,  I will…

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Macron takes lead in climate change battle, with the US absent – Washington Post

Macron takes lead in climate change battle, with the US absent – Washington Post

Source: Macron takes lead in climate change battle The President of the United States, Donald Trump, may have decided to withdraw his country from the Paris Agreement, but the world has not stopped, and indeed the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, has taken the lead. … And there is some irony as well: make our planet great again! 🙂

Washington, DC as a tourist

Washington, DC as a tourist

As you have seen in the last post in the Reserach section, in the past days I went to Washington, DC, where I dedicated some time to sightseeing in addition to the events that I attended. Indeed, apart from the very quick passage that I made last July in occasion of the International Energy Workshop in College Park, I had already been there about ten years ago when I took an on-the-road trip in the South-Eastern states with my friends…

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MCAA and EURAXESS – Washington, DC

MCAA and EURAXESS – Washington, DC

In late October I wrote a post about the creation of the North American chapter of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) – you can see our logo above – mentioning that the official inauguration would take place in Washington, DC at the beginning of December. I was not sure if I could take part in it, but eventually I found time – and money, thanks to the appreciated support of MCAA, which covered part of the expenses 🙂 –…

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Enel Innovation Hub – Update

Enel Innovation Hub – Update

As you surely (!) remember, last March I had written a post – actually two, one in the News section and one in the Life section – about the launch of the Enel Innovation Hub right in my open space here in Berkeley. For those who do not know it, Enel is the main Italian player in the electricity sector. The purpose of this center, I remind, is to work as an incubator and to promote innovative startups. As you…

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